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The survivor: 16 animals euthanized, one survives
JASPER COUNTY- by Haley Bull
Nine dogs and seven cats, all found in the same house and all euthanized because they were victims of what investigators called abuse and neglect. There is one survivor animal care workers are trying to help thrive and find a new home.
The only surviving animal will join the rest of the dogs at the Jasper shelter. She made it out of a Buna house investigators were called to Thursday just in time.
"I haven't seen a case this extreme for the nearly nine years I've been with law enforcement," Lt. Connie Jordan said. "It was very bad."
Jordan is an investigator for the Jasper County Sheriff's Office. She was at the Buna home Thursday.
"Most of the dogs had no hair. It appeared they had severe, severe cases of mange. Their skin was even swollen and red they had infection, you know puss in their eyes, shaking. Some were barely walking. It was really disturbing," Jordan said.
There were 17 animals, one house, no shelter and no water.
"The rest of the animals were so bad and were in such bad shape that they had to be put down. It was hard, it was very hard," Jordan said.
Most were too sick to live, but for one, there could be a happy ending. Right now, the shelter is her home.
After a bath, a brush and a little love she's healthy and ready for a new home.
Haley is the only surviving dog from the house. She's about 18 months old and up for adoption.
"She's real friendly, she's got a good disposition. The other dogs here don't seem to bother her. She's kinda shy," animal control officer Renee Collier said. "She's one of the lucky ones so maybe she can get a good home."
Investigators said they'll pursue charges of animal cruelty and hindering an investigation against the homeowner.